Exploring Canadian Backroads Coast to Coast 2007 travel blog

Our lodgings at Chaleur Bay

The view from our deck in the morning

Scenes from the historic Acadian Village

Scenes from the historic Acadian Village

Scenes from the historic Acadian Village

Scenes from the historic Acadian Village

Scenes from the historic Acadian Village

Scenes from the historic Acadian Village

Scenes from the historic Acadian Village

Scenes from the historic Acadian Village

Scenes from the historic Acadian Village


It was once again a hot morning as we left the lodge and continued along on Chaluer Bay. We were now on the Acadian Penisula where the early french settlers to the area had named the area Acadia and had a long history of persecution after the french were defeated by the english and the area became british territory. Eventually they were actually deported but many moved to french held Lousiana were the term Cajun is derived from Acadian.

We visited the Historic Acadian Village which is a restored village with people in period costumes going about their daily tasks and relating the history of the Acadians in the area. It is quite large and took about 3 hours to go through. I found it quite interesting and learned quite a bit of history as well as some interesting information about daily life a couple of hundred years ago.

One thing that was begining to get to us in New Brunswick so far was the lack of english. In Quebec we found that most people we encountered either spoke some english or made an effort to communicate with us. In New Brunswich we were finding people had no interest in trying to comunicate if we did not speak french.

After leaving the historic village we decided to stay in Caraquet on the Acadian Peninsula. The motel we chose had good "curb apeal" and looked quite inviting. The reality once we got into our room at the back of the motel was quite the opposite. I am sure the room, the furniture and even the TV were made before either of us were born and had never been refurbished. In the future we will be asking to look at the room before taking it!

We found a nice resturant on the waterfront with an outside patio for dinner. During dinner a large spider dropped down from the eaves and landed on the guy dining next to us. I was just about to tell him when someone from inside who had been watching came and excitedly told him and began swatting at the spider.

Well it turned into quite an entertaining event as one of the waitresses was obviously freaked out and the others were having fun giving her a hard time. Soon everyone on the patio, customers and staff alike, were all having a great laugh at the spider incident and the waitress's reaction. Next thing you know a busboy came out with a broom and went on a spider hunt. The customers and staff were all helping him by pointing and giving him instructions, all the while laughing and having a great time. All of this was taking place in french so we had no idea what they were saying but all the hand guestures gave us a pretty good idea. Who needs dinner theathre when real life is so much more fun to watch!



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